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Children's books are like children

Started by Brian Jud Jul 22, 2015. 0 Replies

Some publishers get into a routine of doing without planning. They feel it is more important to get the book out and on the shelves, and they do so using the same distributors and techniques they did…Continue

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No where to sell children's books?

Started by Brian Jud Jun 30, 2015. 0 Replies

Know where to sell them. This could be to children's libraries, children's hospital gift shops, daycare centers, PTAs, schools, home schooling, toy stores, etc.  Be crsative and increase salesContinue

Selling children's books through retail stores

Started by Brian Jud. Last reply by Victoria Sheffield Feb 10, 2015. 1 Reply

When selling children's books through retail stores -- bookstores, airport stores, supermarkets, specialty stores -- you have to sell through a distributor or wholesaler. They will turn down your…Continue

The Karma Bus - Children's book series by Amelia Takoda

Started by Racheal Clay Aug 4, 2014. 0 Replies

The Karma Bus children's book series is designed to assist your children to make positive decisions.Amelia Takoda is an avid writer of…Continue

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Comment by aleenadavid on May 7, 2014 at 12:55am

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Comment by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne on February 26, 2013 at 9:50am

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Comment by Sherry Ellis on September 13, 2011 at 6:19pm

I wanted to share this information with anyone who might be interested.  It's an opportunity to display your book at a trade show.  Deadline is September 30, 2011. 


Comment by Robert Kynor on August 3, 2011 at 8:32am

 Hi Sherry, Laura and Keith,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the insightful information!

Comment by Sherry Ellis on July 25, 2011 at 7:07pm
I converted my children's book to Kindle. The issues I encountered were that the pictures were in black and white and the text did not line up with the illustrations as they did in the hard copy of my book. I do not know if the same problems would be encountered on the colored version of Nook. I haven't tried it yet.
Comment by Laura Hughes on July 25, 2011 at 3:57pm

Hi Keith and Robert,

You are correct in the statement, "it's not either/or." In this current market multiple delivery avenues are essential. I took interest with Robert's statement on graphics issues... it could indeed be a bad file. A good printer would never let that project ship!  My experience with Color House Graphics, a book printer--not a publisher, whether done by  traditional pre-press means or done using automated pre-flight, an issue like Robert stated likely would have been caught.

If writers are looking to self-publish, finding a reliable printer with both automated services (to control costs for those who do not need file help) as well as knowledgeable support staff (for those needing file assistance) is a must.  Do not be afraid to interview a prospective printer!

Best wishes, Robert... please post a link to your book when you are finished! Laura

Comment by Keith Garton on July 25, 2011 at 3:14pm

Hi Robert,

It's not an "either/or" world out there between eBooks and bound books. They both have their place.  Some readers will always prefer printed books and some young new readers will get great pleasure out of eBooks. In a few years, people will feel the same way about holding an eReader in their hands, turning the pages, activating characters and sounds, viewing embedded videos of an author speaking to the child... There's no limit.  For children's books dependent on illustrations with matching text and/or text that shouldn't flow freely, be sure to set your PDF settings accurately.   We haven't had any graphics issues with our Red Chair Press Nook books, Apple iBooks, etc.     Good luck!   Keith

Comment by Robert Kynor on July 25, 2011 at 3:01pm

Hi Laura,

As of 2010 when we released our book, I heard of graphic's issues, specifically pixilation. However, there is a company in Arizona, called StoryChimes that is creating wonderful versions of children’s books. We were hoping to get picked up by them, but at this point they have too many Christmas books in the pipeline.

I agree about the "old school" way of reading! To me there is nothing better than holding a book in your hands and turning the pages, especially with a children's book. However, we have had so many people say they would be more apt to spending a few bucks on a download version as opposed to a paying for a hardcover edition.

Thanks for the comment!



Comment by Robert Kynor on July 25, 2011 at 2:25pm

Hi Brad,


Thanks for the response! More in general terms, as this is an area I know little about. I'm concerned about compatibility between platforms, such as Kindle, Apple etc. I've heard rumors that to publish an e-book requires conversion specifically to those readers and this could get rather expensive. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Comment by Bradley Flora on July 25, 2011 at 12:57pm

Hi Robert,


When you say "convert to e-book format", are you think .epub specifically, or were you speaking with more general terms?





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